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Khashoggi killing: CIA Director has seen all evidence in relation to killing, says media report

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel has seen all the evidence related to Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing, a Turkish source quoted by Al Jazeera in a report said.

Khashoggi entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife. He was not seen since.

Saudi Arabia has admitted that the Saudi critic died in a premeditated murder inside its Istanbul consulate – after weeks of consistent denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance.

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Turkish media have reported Khashoggi was killed and dismembered based on recordings from the consulate. They say he died at the hands of a 15-member assassination squad from Saudi Arabia.

The evidence proves the operation was carried out on orders from the highest level of leadership in Saudi Arabia, the source added.

Haspel was in Turkey last week to review evidence, before briefing US President Donald Trump in Washington, DC.

Turkish sources also said that Saudi Arabia would pay “blood money” or compensation to Khashoggi’s family and his fiancee.

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Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s king began a domestic tour with the first stop in the conservative heartland of Qassim province, where he pardoned prisoners serving time on financial charges and announced 16bn riyals — about $4.27bn — in new projects.

This is King Salman’s first such tour since he ascended to the throne in 2015 and comes as the kingdom faces international pressure following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

The state-run news agency reported on Wednesday that the government would pay debts of up to 1 million riyals, or $267,000, on behalf of each of the pardoned prisoners.

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